D'arcy Wretzky, born May 1, 1968 in South Haven, Michigan, United States, is an American rock musician, known for her performances of bassist in one of the most popular alternative rock bands of the 1990s , the Smashing Pumpkins.
In 1988, when the future group is still a duo with only Billy Corgan and James Iha, Corgan meets D'arcy at the turn of a concert at a club in Chicago, the latter making a derogatory remark to Corgan about the band they had seen play. An unbridled discussion ensued and Corgan was impressed by the attitude of the young woman, more than her ability to play bass, and decides to engage her in the vegan group.
D'arcy is not slow to fall in love with the guitarist Iha, with whom she had a long intimate relationship and friendship during her collaboration with the group.
Wretzky participates in all the albums produced by the Smashing Pumpkins: Gish, Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, Adore and Machina finally / The Machines of God, the last official album of the group, shortly before she left to pursue a career in acting. In 2000, D'Arcy was arrested for possession of crack cocaine.
In December of that year, prior to formally end the group, the Smashing Pumpkins played their last concert at the Cabaret Metro in Chicago. James Iha, in memory of the relationship they had maintained despite her gambling and drug addictions, laments of her absence (the former Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur took over for the last tour), expressing his gratitude and love for her.
In 2004, expressing a different point of view about it, Corgan says on his blog that she is a just a drugged mind mean ("mean spirited drug addict"). D'arcy Wretzky was married to Kerry Brown, drummer in a Chicago band named Catherine. She no longer appears in public since 2000.
The Smashing Pumpkins was reformed in 2006 under the leadership of Billy Corgan and they are still performing to this day their mix of neo punk rock and gothic rock to the pleasure of fans new and old all over the world.
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